Lelit PL41TEM Anna PID Espresso Machine


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Lelit PL41TEM Anna PID Espresso Machine

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Description

Lelit PL41TEM Anna PID Espresso Machine

Steeping on the success of the PL41TQE, the PL41TEM has an added brew pressure gauge as well as different operational switches on the front panel.

Single boiler, dual purpose system:
  • Brass – The small 250 ml boiler helps keep a constant water temperature and facilitate the espresso coffee extraction.
  • High wattage heating element – 1000 watt heating element for quicker reaction time when cold water enters the boiler.
  • Very quick warm up time – We clocked the warm up time for this machine (this includes the grouphead and portafilter when locked in) to be ~10 minutes. This is mainly due to the high wattage of the heating element and small size brass boiler. We found this to be very convenient for morning warm ups, especially when in a rush.
  • Security thermostat and security valve – For better pressure control.
  • Three-way solenoid valve – Allows immediate removal of the portafilter immediately after the espresso extraction has ceased (or when the pump switch in coffee mode is turned off).
PID display & pressure gauge:
  • PID display – Allows the temperature of the boiler to be programmed for different coffees.
  • Pressure gauge – Displays in real time the pressure during coffee extraction. Only 9-10 bar is needed to make espresso. This gauge will help perfect your espresso shot.
Steam / water wand:
  • Multi-purpose – Used for both steam or hot water depending on the current mode.
  • Multi-directional – Enables you to prepare creamy cappuccinos.
  • Very short wait time – The small boiler and high wattage heating element, combined with the PID controller cuts the wait time from coffee to steam considerably.
  • Polymer tubing – The tubing that connects the boiler to steam / hot water valves are alimentary. They are able to withstand high pressure, withstand high temperatures up to 620 °F, facilitate easier repairs, and most importantly, are limescale free.
Construction:
  • Stainless steel body and frame – Polished to a mirror finish and rust resistant.
  • Water tank visibilty – There is an opening on the left side of the machine that allows you to see the water level. This is a lot easier than opening the top cover and peeking in.
  • Drip tray – The tray is made of plastic. The cover is made of stainless steel. Both are removable for easy cleaning.
Controls:
  • Power switch – Located on the back right of the unit. Not difficult to reach and keeps it out of the way of the rest of the main controls.
  • Three way switch – Located on the front middle of the unit. Selects between the different modes. The up position is steam mode. The middle is hot water mode. The down is coffee mode.
  • Pump switch – Located on the front right of the unit. Used t o activate the pump for coffee or hot water mode.
  • Steam / water knob – Located on the right of the espresso machine. Allows you to control the intensity of the steam or water output.
Accessories included:
  • Portafilters – Dual spout portafilter.
  • Filter baskets – 1-cup filter basket which holds approximately 7 grams. 2-cup filter basket which holds approximately 14 grams. Pod filter basket for use with E.S.E. pods. 57 mm in diameter.
  • Tamper – A cheap plastic tamper. Manufacturers will normally include a tamper like this to keep the overall selling price of the machine low. We recommend upgrading to a better tamper.
  • Coffee scoop – A simple plastic scoop if you are using preground coffee.
  • Instructional manual.

Additional information

Brand

Lelit

Height (inches)

13.5, approximate

Width (inches)

9.5, approximate

Depth (inches)

10.5, approximate

Weight (pounds)

16

Wattage (watts)

1050

Voltage (volts)

110

Boiler capacity (liters)

0.22

Portafilter size (mm)

57

Tank capacity (liters)

2.6

Country of manufacture

Italy

Notes

  1. WARNING: This is a single boiler machine. Machines in this class do not fill the internal boiler from the reservoir automatically. Since the water level drops in the boiler during steaming, you need to replenish this to avoid damage to the heating element. The only way to do this is to run water through the steam wand with the hot water switch. This does not apply when extracting espresso.
  2. Cleaning: The best thing is to run descaler like normal through the head as well as through the steam wand. This should be performed once a month. This is the minimum requirement for cleaning the internals of the machine.
  3. Use with pods: This machine is pod-capable. Please note though, shots from pods will never be as good as a pod-only machine and the pod use on this machine will not be as good as fresh consistently ground coffee used on this machine.
  4. Similar Lelit models: Just to prevent any possible rumors, we are NOT clearing out any PL41 inventory for the PL51 model made by Lelit. We will not be carrying the PL51 machine as we do not like the cheaper switches placed on this machine, plus the fact that there is no three-way solenoid valve (good to have as this allows the user to immediately remove the portafilter right after turning off the coffee switch).
  5. Maximum pump pressure: 15 bar (hint: a machine only needs 9 bar of brew pressure for an espresso extraction. Anything higher is only a gimmick started by different manufacturers many years ago to attract sales. Since a few manufacturers do this, many have followed suit).
  6. PID flucuation: Please note that during an espresso extraction, the incoming cold water will reduce the temperature in the PID display. This is normal. In steam mode, the temperature shown on the PID display will be higher than the programmed temperature.

Support

Maintenance

Documentation

Common parts

Support links

Warranty Information

Who handles the warranty

Eligible warranty for Lelit home equipment is handled by 1st-line Equipment or representative thereof. If you have purchased your Lelit equipment from another retailer (not 1st-line Equipment), you must contact them first in order to get your equipment serviced under warranty.

What does the warranty cover

The warranty is limited to manufacturer’s defects only.

Regarding espresso machines: Limescale buildup can lead to problems with your machine. The warranty will not cover any repairs if our technicians find limescale in your machine. Although descaling can be a good alternative to remove limescale causing minerals (calcium and magnesium), we strongly suggest that prevention is the best form of maintenance. The reason is that descalers can cause wear and tear on components inside an espresso machine. This includes gaskets, o-rings, and other metal components. However, where there is a clog somewhere, descaling will be a necessity on the specified part, area, or entire machine.

Regarding coffee grinders: As with all coffee grinders, it is very important to only change grind settings when the unit is powered on and the burrs are in motion. If you do not do this, the burrs will ‘gunk’ up and require cleaning by you every time this occurs. Changing the grind settings when the burrs are not in motion will render the grinder to only produce very coarse grinds or no grinds at all. If this result occurs, this will be considered operator error for lack of following directions, and not be classified as a defective grinder.

When does the warranty expire

The manufacturer’s warranty on new equipment is good for a period of 1 year from date of receipt which covers parts. Labor warranties may vary depending on the company you purchase from. Lelit products may have an extended warranty limited to manufacturer’s defect and will specifically state the extended period of time on your receipt.

Where will my equipment be serviced

In most cases, your Lelit equipment must be sent to a repair facility. If 1st-line Equipment will be servicing your equipment, you must either ship it or drop off at our facility in New Jersey.

How do I send in my equipment in for repair

If you are inside the warranty period and have purchased it from us, please contact us. Please be ready to provide the following information: invoice# of purchase, model of equipment, and a detailed description of the issue.

If you are outside the warranty period, whether you have purchased the equipment from us or not, please order a diagnosis. Please note that wait times can be up to 8 weeks. Our technical support staff can have a back log of repairs. As an alternative we have a listing of 3rd party repair companies across the USA that can assist you.

Customer reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
16 reviews

16 reviews for Lelit PL41TEM Anna PID Espresso Machine

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      Please search our database for repair facilities. Please call them to confirm if they will repair your model as not every repair facility will handle every model we sell.

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      Again, as stated on our web site, manufacturers will make changed without notification to us or our customers. Although we make our best effort to keep on top of these changes, sometimes we learn from our customers. This is the disadvantage to videos and so much product information on each product page. In fact, this is why the largest marketplace in the world allows so little information on products - the reason is because of the changes and they do not want to be liable for false advertising.

      The 1.05 is most likely the new version software, and hence the difference in the procedure to change the C-F temperature scale.

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      Sorry about the confusion! We certainly dislike when these situations where the manufacturer makes a change without any notification to us.

      Once the machine is turned on and passes the start up, please depress and hold both keys on the PID until the C-F is shown on the PID. Please the left button to change.

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      The instructions have been updated as Lelit never notified us of a change.

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      We recommend short backflushing.

      Water needs to be run through the wand after every steaming session. So, no harm done unless all the water was depleted from the boiler.

      The little water is normal as this is condensation that build up in the pipe. Review the fundamentals on our video.

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      Thank you for the insight. Please understand we have sold over 70,000 European espresso machines. We have seen many instances, and many have been the water. We did not mean to insult you, but we requested to stop blaming the machine. We are unsure how you can determine that this is not a coffee matter, nor a descaling matter, and not an oxidation matter, but you are certain that it is a machine problem. We try to keep an open mind and review all variables. We ask that you do the same.

      Your previous Saeco did not have a 3 way valve for coffee grinds to back track into the boiler. Saeco machines also have pressurized portafilters, not pressurized baskets as well as this stainless boilers that have rapid heat changes when pulling shots. So, it is a different set up. Do you know why they stopped making them?

      Although your bottled water may not have salt, it may have other minerals you are not aware of.

      Again, there is nothing black inside the machine that comes in contact with the water. Have you tried a different water? We had another customer who had a Rancilio Silvia. Actually, two of them. The first was old, and the water never gave him issues with the water. The second Rancilio was giving him similar black particles as you desscribe. He changed the water and the problem went away. So, why did the first machine not give him problems? The reason is that about 20 years ago, Rancilio put a brown tef coating on the inside of the boiler. Then about 18 years ago they removed it because of other issues caused by the coating. So, the water stood the same, but the machines changed. Changing the water solved the issue.

      Yes, there is a warranty. If using the machine with a gallon of new water does not solve it, please email customer service for a repair authorization number.

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      Although we respect your opinion, please stop blaming the machine. We work under the premise of cause and effect.

      The best way to test the Anna espresso machine's pump is with a blind filter.  If the pressure can reach 10 or more bar, then the issue  is the coffee grinder. If the pressure can not reach 10-11 bar with the blind, then

      a) the pump is failing (pumps usually work or do not work), but there are very few unusual cases where they partially work, and/or
      b) the over pressure valve is opening too soon - this could be limescale or oxidation or the spring inside (highly unlikely as we these springs fail once every 10 years). Limescale and oxidation can stop the over pressure valve from making a complete seal, and/or
      c) you may have a leak in the steam wand which is not allowing full pressure within the system, and/or
      d) if there is a water softener attached to the intake tube, it may be clogging up with calcium and magnesium - it either needs to be replaced or recharged.

      If you are getting black particles through the steam wand, this seems like you have limescale. There is nothing black inside the machine when manufactured. The only black piece is the rubber on the top tray and the drip tray. This is why we suggested to not blame the machine. 90% of the problem we solve are water issues.

      The black particles can also be coffee dust resulting from the coffee grinder. As the three way solenoid valve opens up after shutting of the coffee switch, very minute coffee grinds can pass backwards to the dispersion screen, to the steam valve and back to the boiler. We have seen this before on different machines.

      You will need to descale the machine with white vinegar or the descaler we recommend on the link. If this does not solve it, you may need to send the machine in for evaluation after we email a repair authorization which can be requested to customer service.

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      We understand your expectations. However, please note the vibration pump on espresso machines overcomes the resistance created by the amount of coffee in the basket, the grind fineness, and the tamping pressure. When these attributes create too much resistance, the pump will try to overcome them. If the resistance is greater than 10-11 bar, the over pressure valve opens up and releases the excess pressure to the drip tray.

      The dark liquid is the three way valve allowing the water pressure over the grinds to also dissipate into the drip tray.

      By lowering the over pressure valve, you will be allowing water to be released at a lower pressure and this will not solve your problem. In fact, it may make it worse. You need to find the right balance of amount of ground coffee in the basket, the right grind fineness, and the right tamp pressure to create a good espresso shot.

      You can read more here.

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      Please click on the Support link on the top of our web site, then click diagrams, then click on the manufacturer, and then click on the model. There is more than one version, so the diagrams need to be reviewed by you for the correct part numbers. please then go to the top of our web site and search for those part numbers for availability and pricing.

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      Holding down both PID buttons at startup brings up the back end programming menu. Please note that the machine can be damaged with a certain configuration of these settings. Hence, we only recommend it for changing C to F.

      For Americano coffee beverages, 100 d C will start to create steam. Although oyu can do the 100 d C for a short time, we suggest 99 d C and the temperature in the boiler will decrease rapidly with the incoming cold water into the boiler.

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      Great! The more often you run water through the wand or grouphead, the less chance of running the boiler dry and causing damage to the heating element - this being common on many dual purpose, single boiler espresso machines.

      Typically, we see that about 16 ounces of milk can be steamed or frothed before refilling the internal boiler.

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      Sorry, we are not aware of any of these components to be cross-compatible with other manufacturers.

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      Sorry for the delay as we had a difficult time accessing. All three will work. However, it is best to replace with the same exact pump.

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      Thanks for the inquiry. This is a grinder issue, coffee grind issue, dosage issue, or a tamping issue. Please review our fundamentals.

    16. 0 votes
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      There are a number of possibilities, but our educated guess is the coffee thermostat is defective on the non-pid version.On the PID version, it can be a bad sensor or a bad PID control unit.

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      It could need a new pump, but it can also be the grind.

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      Yes, it is possibly the pump as they only average a 5 year life span.

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      Please check the steam hole tip and make sure it is not clogged.

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      Warm up time to steam mode can happen in 30-60 seconds as each environment is different.

      So far, customers who purchased for home use were quite satisfied with steaming performance. If entertaining more than 4-6 people, a heat exchanger machine should be considered.

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      Sorry this inquiry was lost in la-la land and we just found it. The pump will need to manually primed.

       

    23. 0 votes
      A There is a small slot that houses the spring.
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      Neither. Polished brass.

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      It is possible that enough steam pressure will open the 3 way solenoid valve. Please descale unit through the grouphead after removing any filter from the water tank intake hose.

    26. 0 votes
      A Thank you for the reply. That makes sense regarding the liability. And in the future, I will indeed label first and take better pictures. Cheers!
    27. 0 votes
      A My Lelit PL41 TEM also does the same thing...the puck sticks and must be scraped off. Like the person to posted the original question, it's really just an annoyance to me, not really a big problem. I'd say it sticks about 80 to 90% of the time. I consistently use 14 grams in the basket.
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      This is normal as the PID display is giving a temperature reading at the boiler. With incoming cold water, it is normal for the temperature to fluctuate downward then recover.

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      Grouphead blockage, bad grouphead solenoid valve, 'bad' pump can not produce high pressure, or clogged jet breaker behind the dispersion screen.

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      It may need a pump replacement, a solenoid valve replacement or has a clog somewhere inside. Without evaluating the machine, we are uncertain where the problem lies.

    31. 0 votes
      A Something is broken. Check with 1st-Line right away.
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      It is difficult to determine the exact issue. Our guess is a bad pump, but it also can be a partial blockage in the system. So, descale the machine and see if it improves. If not, replace the pump which on average last 5 years.

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      A As indicated in the 1st Line description, it doesn't come with a solid filter basket. You have to buy it. Just check on 1st Line. The draining tube can be found in the middle of the bottom when you remove the drip tray-- its the tube you have to lift the tray around when you remove and replace the tray.
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      Thanks for the inquiry. In some environments, the intake or on return hoses found on some models (this is across many different manufacturers), black mold will develop just like in a shower or bathroom.

      This does need to be removed as soon as possible. It is usually not immediate life threatening for ingestion because the water inside the machine at 200 degrees, and in most (not all) cases, bacteria, mold spores, fungus die.

      On this machine, unplug the cold machine from the electrical outlet. Remove the top cover by removing the tank lid, then removing the two screws on the backside of the top cover.

      Slide off the hose from the internal connection. In some cases there may be a tie-wrap that needs to be removed. Let the hose sit in a 50/50 bath of water and chlorine overnight. Rinse thoroughly in the morning. Air dry and rinse again until most of the chlorine smell is removed. Re-attach and re-assemble machine. The black gasket needs to be placed on the top cover before re-installing so there is a seal on top to prevent water spillage into the machine.

      You may need to periodically do this maintenance.

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      Before replacing the pump, its best to test with the blind filter and run the coffee switch for 30 seconds.

      If the pump maintains over 8 bar pressure after the coffee switch has been on for 8 seconds, then the pump and OPV is ok and it points to the grinder.

      If not, descale the machine with the blind, and test again. Descaler needs to stay in the machine for 20 minutes before flushing.

      Otherwise, it can be the vibration pump. Any 110 volt ULKA pump at 41 or 52 watts is ok. The 52 watt is more pwoerful, but it needs a longer wait time between extractions.

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      Yes, we have.

      In terms of performance, the PL41 espresso machine heats up in 10 minutes compared to the 20-30 minutes on the Rancilio Silvia. Steaming power is about the same.

      Everyone has different opinions on their taste preferences.

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      In 99% of cases, the portafilter gasket needs to be replaced every 6-12 months. in very few cases, the collar may get a crack or just wear from age and usage, and it would need replacement.

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      A Hi, this is just my .02 as a consumer. We had that exact same problem with that exact same machine. Replaced the gasket but didn't cure the problem. We got weak in the knees and got seduced into buying the new Anna with the PID and pressure gauge. I hate to say it but, now that we're able to regulate boiler temp and visualize grouphead pressure (and thus adjust grind and tamp to suit, which can vary depending on the beans you're using), we're pulling much better shots with more consistent crema than we ever managed with the old PL041. We struggled with spending a major chunk of change on replacing, but we felt our old machine had provided years of pleasure and if we were to amortize the cost based on the # of shots pulled I'd say we more than got our money's worth, esp. when compared to other machines in this class/category. Best wishes whatever you do!
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      We are unaware of and have not seen any aluminum inside the PL041TEM espresso machine. Hence, we only have seen where the water is in contact with brass (boiler or valve) or stainless (dispersion screen and screw).

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      There is no 100% way to prevent  a few grinds from going back to the boiler. Coffee dust particles will back track. In this case, the grinder is of low quality or the burrs are dull - thus producing coffee dust. This would need to be corrected. Next, backflush more often - after every extraction without detergent and with backflush detergent every 50 extractions. Lastly, run water through the steam wand with the valve open to flush out any particles.

      Please note that if you have a lot of grinds, you may have an internal boiler issue - a defective pipe on this particular model OR the water is creating a similar issue that looks likes coffee grinds (we have seen this before)

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      Sorry for the delay as this document needed to be re-created from our old web site. The PID can be reset using these instructions.

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      Q Can you ship it to Taiwan? answer now
      Asked on November 19, 2017 5:48 pm
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      Sorry, we do not export at this time.

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      Addendum: The OPV is currently adjustable on machines in stock. We normally advise not to change this as the grind fineness and amount of coffee in the basket can be attributable to the resultant pump pressure. For example, a customer changed his OPV to almost 6.0 bar, and then he inquired why his machine had a pump defect since it could not produce 9 bar of pressure. Vice versa, the OPV can be set to 8 bars, and the machine does not show 8 bar on the gauge because the grind is not fine enough or there is not enough coffee in the basket.

      Unfortunately, the internet does not always keep up with changes made. This is why its always a good idea to look at the current product's specifications.

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